It seems odd that almost a year to the day on the ‘Bawdsey’ blog I was writing about the final preparations for taking that layout to Manchester. A year on I find myself in a similar position. I’m now into the final stages of prepartion for Albion Yard, this has included all elements of the layout, wiring, scenery, the display and stock. The previous post relates to fitting DCC sound to a Bachmann Pannier. Well I did two of them for the Railway Modeller article and DVD, and both have been reverse engineered to remove the DCC fitting to run with other DC stock during the exhibition which is quite unusual. The locomotive roster will feature high and low cab 57xx’s, a 45xx small Prairie and the Iconic class 14 ‘teddy bear’. There will be one or two reserves as well which whilst not strictly Forest of Dean, are plausible substitues. The majority of traffic and roster will be entirely typical of the Forest area.
The layout has also had a quick reversion to photo ‘set’ to picture Shawplans latest release of laser cut windows for the Heljan Class 27, this being some of the primary use for the layout in its earlier days.